Thursday, 25 June 2015

fashion bride shoot

It is always good to share a new 'First' so today I want to share this 'first' for my jewellery - I was approached by the extremely talented photographer Helen Elizabeth asking if I have ever considered loaning my jewellery out for a fashion shoot, I have been tweeting with Helen for some time now and familiar with some of her photography and after looking at her website  I was very happy to post a couple of my items over to her.
Helen sent me photos of the dresses and models with a description of what she had planned and I chose the jewellery I thought would be best suited for each, which actually meant I had to knit a choker especially for it.
I am thrilled with these beautiful images - it isn't that often I get to see my jewellery being worn by my brides and I always find it interesting to see how they look with the dress!
Hopefully this will be the first of many fashion shoots

knitted choker

knitted choker

knitted choker

knitted choker

knitted choker

knitted tiara

knitted tiara

knitted tiara

knitted tiara

handmade knitted jewellery by Angela Smith
all photos on this post are  ©copyright MACHINMAYER

Monday, 8 June 2015

Just off to my workroom for a while

Last night the football was on, it may well have been a Sunday evening but when all that is on TV is a football match between two foreign teams who I have absolutely no interest in you can imagine my delight when a design idea suddenly popped into my head - what great timing! - I walked out of the living room stating I was just going up to my workroom for a while - when I returned the football was almost over and a new necklace plus a pair of matching earrings had been made!
The necklace is made on sterling silver chain with Swarovski crystal pearls and the earring are again made with the same Swarovski crystal pearls and sterling silver ear hooks - I have made the pair as a single pearl but I can add other pearls to make any length required!

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith 

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Daisy chain necklace making workshops

Announcing my next couple of jewellery making workshops. I will be showing you how to make a necklace like these.

You will then have the opportunity to make your own choosing from this selection of beads and a choice of coloured silk thread

The workshops will take place at Lily's Secret Vintage Tea Rooms, Swan Pit, Gnosall, Staffordshire on Tuesday 16th June and Saturday 18th July - 10.30am - 12.30pm and the cost will be £20 which includes tea/coffee and cake
Please contact me if you would like to book a place on either of these workshops

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

'Rosalyn' is just a very pretty bracelet

After a month of concentrating on my exhibition today I found time to make some other items of jewellery, mostly commissioned pieces, but I did also make 'Rosalyn' a pale pink and white Swarovski crystal pearl bracelet with diamante and Swarovski crystals. the bracelet measure 7 1/2 inches and has a sterling silver clasp and extension chain. 

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

knitted wire and obsidian bracelet

I have been fairly quiet on here recently, that doesn't mean to say I have not been making - My exhibition in Gallery at 12 is going very well and keeping me very busy, I have had to make up several replacement items to fill up gaps, these aren't identical pieces to the items sold, but may be not different enough for me to write a blog post, I have also had quite a few re-stringings come in over the last week too, not originally my jewellery I hasten to add, but as they aren't my designs or my jewellery I cannot use those for a blog post either.
Today, though, I went upstairs to start work again and decided that my desk was getting far to untidy, so I started clearing it, which meant, putting away bags of beads, throwing out pieces of wire and old threads that hadn't quite made it to the bin and finishing off a couple of pieces of jewellery, which had been left mid project, including this knitted black wire with snowflake obsidian and glass bead bracelet. All that it required was the clasp to be attached, which I duly did. and hey presto, another knitted bracelet, ready to fill a gap in my exhibition, should it be needed!

hand knitted jewellery by Angela Smith

Sunday, 3 May 2015

'Angela's Gate... How does Your garden Grow?'

Yesterday was the first day of my exhibition in Gallery at 12 Eccleshall.
I have based the exhibition on nature photographs from two of my other blogs, 'Views from my garden gate' and 'Beyond my garden Gate' so most of the jewellery on display has been inspired in some way by the wildlife and flowers in and around my garden or further afield, I have also used my photographs to show where the inspiration for the designs have come from and indeed there are some of my photographs as cards which will be for sale during the exhibition. The other part of my exhibition is called 'How does your garden grow?' based on the nursery rhyme.
Let me take you on a brief tour....
Mary, Mary quite contrary How Does Your garden Grow?
With silver bells ... silver bells I think wedding bells, wedding bells... wedding jewellery ...

there is a large glass cabinet in the exhibition area - two shelves show some of my wedding jewellery designs, but of course I am always to make to commission too!!!

... and cockle shells

A selection of jewellery inspired by shells and the sea shore,

... and pretty maids all in a row

pretty maids have pretty dresses -  a selection of my knitted wire, bead and sari silk dresses as brooches or in box frames.

Then the rest of the exhibition is Angela's gate

My exhibition will be in Gallery at 12  until 28th May, the gallery will also be hosting a charity day on May 16th where 10 % of it's sales on the day will be going to Shape Arts.
It would be lovely to see you sometime during May, but if you are planning to make a special journey then May 16th would be a good day to choose!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Another dip into my bag of paua shells

Today I got back into making more jewellery after feeling pretty awful with a nasty cold that knocked me for six, pretty bad timing as my exhibition starts in just over a weeks time!
This morning I knitted another bracelet, which still needs a clasp attaching, so once that is done I shall hopefully put it on a post on here. Later this afternoon I made this, I have been wanting to make a paua shell necklace for my exhibition for quite a while, but it wasn't until I realised how well these tiny glass beads went with the paua shell pieces that the multi-stranded necklace idea hit me, my first thought was to have every strand with a mix of shell and glass beads but then after stringing my first two strands I decided that it would end up being quite an expensive necklace if I were to continue in that way, so the final three strands then became just the tiny small glass beads and I actually think it balances the necklace well and may be with all five strands as shell  I would have ended up with a very heavy looking necklace.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Monday, 20 April 2015

And today's mood is 'Golden'

Today's new Monday's makes are these two striking necklaces,
I have used gold coloured Venetian Glass beads, along with Swarovski crystals, Swarovski crystal pearls and glass beads.
Both of these are going to be part of my May exhibition in Gallery at 12

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Saturday, 18 April 2015

classic knotted freshwater pearl necklace in dusky pink

I find knotting pearls very relaxing so it was a perfect start to yesterday - a day that would become much busier later - not home until after dark.
I have a small selection of loose freshwater pearls which I decided needed another visit and discovered that I had just enough of these pretty pink pearls to make a short necklace and by adding the sterling silver extension chain  it provides the option of wearing it slightly longer.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith

Friday, 10 April 2015

Delicate five stranded freshwater pearl and Swarovski crystal necklace with matching earrings

I have been wanting to make this necklace for a few weeks now and today I finally found the time to make it.
I have used pale pink freshwater pearls along with clear Swarovski crystals in random groups and the necklace has a sterling silver clasp and the earrings are hanging from sterling silver ear hooks.

handmade jewellery by Angela Smith